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Less traffic, trash and cash: Japan leads SE Asia to smart cities

Tokyo and 200 companies battle Chinese rivals for 26 high-tech projects

Rapid economic growth has brought a flood of traffic to Hanoi: Japan wants its companies more involved in Southeast Asia's infrastructure market.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Some 200 Japanese companies and organizations will take part in an initiative to develop smart cities in Southeast Asia, as Tokyo battles for influence with its Chinese and South Korean rivals.

Participants will engage in projects in 26 cities in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, including efforts to ease traffic congestion and develop cashless payment systems.

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